SEO Scams and Semi-Scams

Search Engine Optimization: it’s an essential component of internet marketing strategy, I guess, but one with a bad public image, especially in the wake of years of abuse of optimization techniques by purveyors of malware and other bad actors (Black Hat SEO, or BHSEO).

Energy companies hit with new data-stealing malware

Energy companies have been targeted with a new multi-stage malware attack used to infect company computers and steal sensitive data.

Infographic: Alternatives to the password

The humble password has struggled in recent years, and is often seen as vulnerable to attackers. The interactive infographic below offers up some alternatives. Click on the tabs to read about the options.

Ships at risk of hacking, says report

A report suggests that while the number of ships lost at sea is decreasing, cyberthreats are becoming a more pressing issue for the maritime industry.

Retailers’ heavy handed fraud prevention leads to loss of sales

Online retailers battling with fraud prevention are losing out on genuine sales by treating their customers like criminals, according to a new report by ThreatMetrix.

Six ways to backup your data

Today is World Backup Day, and it goes without saying that backing up data is a thoroughly sensible thing to routinely get into the habit of doing.

Queen Elizabeth consults with cybersecurity expert over privacy fears

Queen Elizabeth has been consulting one of the United Kingdom’s most prominent cybersecurity experts, leading to speculation the Royal Family may be seeking protection from hackers and spies.

Passport and visa details of world leaders disclosed in accidental G20 privacy breach

A common email mistake accidentally disclosed passport and visa details of 31 world leaders attending the G20 summit in Australia, the BBC reports.

British Airways suffers frequent flyer account hacking

Thousands of British Airways frequent flyer accounts have been breached by hackers, reports ZDNet.

Android apps track your location every three minutes, says Carnegie Mellon study

A Carnegie Mellon University study has discovered that a selection of Android apps collect location data on their users on average every three minutes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hackers hijack song contest with Eurovision voting app attack

The voting system used by the Eurovision Song Contest was briefly forced offline after a suspected cyberattack caused an “extreme” surge in activity,.

ESET’s Mark James on addressing business security employee issues

ESET’s Mark James on the issues employees have with business security measures, and how to counter the difficulties without compromising safety.

PoSeidon Malware attacks Point of Sale credit card transactions

Point of Sale credit card terminals are under threat from a new malware named PoSeidon, thought to be more dangerous than the Zeus exploit kit that was used to steal millions of card details from Target customers.

Tinder hack sets heterosexual men up with each other

A hacker has discovered that the openness of Tinder’s API allowed him to set up unknowing men via a fake female profile they both believed that they were talking to.

Irish government’s Freedom of Information website hacked

The Irish government’s Freedom of Information (FOI) website has been targeted by hackers claiming to be connected to the ISIS terror group.

Threat sharing bill introduced to House of Representatives

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has introduced a new threat sharing bill designed to let businesses share details of security treats without fear of litigation, reports Gizmodo.

Canada’s “secret hacking tactics” exposed in new report

Canada has been using an array of cyberweapons to gather intelligence, spy on other governments and damage adversary infrastructure, says a new report.

Mobile security: IBM/Ponemon study finds enterprise app security weaknesses

Nearly 40 percent of large companies – including a significant number in the Fortune 500 – are not taking necessary precautions to secure the apps that they’re providing their customers.

Twitch backs down on 20-character passwords in wake of hacking

Twitch has backed down on its attempts to force stronger password complexity on its site post-hacking, after multiple complaints from its userbase.

Five hacker movies that got things badly wrong

5 hacker movies that got computer security well off the mark.

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